pl n (history) handcuffs (from British slang; in the 16th C. known as "Father Darbie's bands")

Dictionary of Australian slang . 2013.

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  • Darbies — Dar bies (d[aum]r b[i^]z), n. pl. Manacles; handcuffs. [Cant] [1913 Webster] Jem Clink will fetch you the darbies. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] Note: In The Steel Glass by Gascoigne, printed in 1576, occurs the line To binde such babes in father… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • darbies — n.pl. Brit. sl. handcuffs. Etymology: allusive use of Father Darby s bands, some rigid form of agreement for debtors (16th c.) * * * ˈdärbēz noun plural Etymology: probably short for obsolete (father) Derbies (or Darbies) bonds rigidly bonded… …   Useful english dictionary

  • darbies — /dahr beez/, n.pl. Brit. Slang. handcuffs; manacles. [1565 75; prob. from the phrase Darby s bonds a rigid bond, perh. named after a noted 16th century usurer] * * * …   Universalium

  • darbies — Australian Slang pl n (history) handcuffs (from British slang; in the 16th C. known as Father Darbie s bands ) …   English dialects glossary

  • darbies — dar·bies || dɑːbɪz n. (British Slang) handcuffs, manaclesn. large trowel for levelling concrete or plaster …   English contemporary dictionary

  • darbies — [ dα:bɪz] plural noun archaic, informal handcuffs. Origin C17: allusive use of Father Darby s bands, an agreement which put debtors in the power of moneylenders …   English new terms dictionary

  • darbies — dar·bies …   English syllables

  • darbies — /ˈdabiz/ (say dahbeez) plural noun Prison Colloquial handcuffs. {allusive use of Father Darby s bands , a debtor s agreement} …   Australian English dictionary

  • darbies — Handcuffs …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Billy Budd — infobox Book | name = Billy Budd title orig = translator = image caption = author = Herman Melville illustrator = cover artist = country = flagicon|USA United States language = English series = genre = Novella publisher = release date = 1924… …   Wikipedia

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